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posted 30 March 2003 04:52 AM      Profile for drgoodword   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Ever since the attack on Iraq began, the Bush administration has been aggressively courting the Arab news media, dispatching senior officials to drive home the message that the war is about "liberation, not occupation."

But any positive feedback from the public relations blitzkrieg, which included interviews with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other top newsmakers, was largely swamped this weekend by visual images of death and destruction in Baghdad. The Arab media exploded in anger over the deaths of at least 58 Iraqi civilians in a busy Baghdad market. Iraqis have blamed a stray U.S. bomb.


While insisting that it is too early to establish whether the devastation in the Baghdad marketplace was caused by a stray U.S. missile or an Iraqi bomb, U.S. officials acknowledge the problem. They say that it will take other, equally powerful images -- of Iraqi civilians celebrating the downfall of President Saddam Hussein -- to counteract the pictures that have been dominating Arab television screens. "You don't lose the propaganda war one week or the next," said a senior U.S. official responsible for shaping outreach efforts to the Arab world. "You win the propaganda war by doing the right thing. In the end, people will see that we have done the right thing."

Article from Washington Post.

Does anyone else smell Enron-style self-delusion and deceit-to-the-end?


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